Action will be taken under the Multimedia and Communications Act against anyone found to have posted or distributed the offensive cartoons of Prophet Muhammad, Deputy Minister of Energy, Water and Communications Datuk Shaziman Abu Mansor warned on Friday Feb 24.
He said provisions in the Act were clear against anyone found to have posted or distributed materials containing pornographic elements, humiliating, degrading or damaging the reputation of any party was liable to a maximum fine of RM50, 000 or jailed for not less than a year, or both, upon conviction.
"If they're convicted and they're found to have repeated the offence, they will be fined RM1, 000 a day for posting or distributing through the Internet," he said.
He said this when asked to comment on public concerns over posting and distributing of the controversial caricatures on the Internet that could be a subject of poking fun and ridicule by some people.
Stressing that the ministry was monitoring the matter, Shaziman said the people could co-operate by lodging complaints to the Multimedia and Communications Commission so that the ministry could detect the source that posted or distributed the caricatures. [Bernama]